Bruce Jenner’s bizarre public transformation into someone named “Caitlyn” is raising all kinds of concerns – and one Texas woman is stirring up an Olympic sized controversy with one pointed question:
Did Jenner break Olympic rules by competing as a man, if “she” always knew “she” was a woman?
A natural-born woman named Jennifer Bradford seems to think so, and filed a petition with Change.org to have decathlon winner Jenner’s gold medal revoked. Her petition to the International Olympic Committee reads in part:
We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa.
While Bradford says she seeks to gather 10,000 signatures with a “heavy heart,” what’s fair is fair. If Bruce and Caitlyn Jenner are indeed the same person, well then, a woman was competing in a man’s event.
It is only fair to all involved that women receive their credit as champions of the Decathalon and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself.
We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender.
Thank you, and congratulations to Ms. Jenner for her courage!
Much to the chagrin of most media outlets and enlightened twenty-something’s, Bradford’s petition is nearly at her goal of 10,000 signatures after only two days.
Critics of the petition point out that Jenner was not taking any kind of hormone therapy (that we know of) at the time of the 1976 Olympics and say the petition is mean-spirited.
Social media users sounded off with the #GiveBackTheGold hashtag Bradford started.
— Mitzy Gallifrey (@GallowsHumor7) June 3, 2015
— Maddie Kelly (@maddiekelly94) June 4, 2015
Folks really do get worked up over these things don’t they?
Even still, Bradford made some solid points, and there seems to be a sizable number of people who agree with her and want to explore yanking the gold.
It should be mentioned that gender struggles are not new to the Olympic arena. Several “sensitive” rules regarding gender have been newly established for those who “walk the line” between male and female.
And of course, there was the famous case where the East German’s gave their unknowing female shot put team hormones to make them more masculine.
Judging from the pictures – it worked. But that’s communism for ya.
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